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Utah Olympic Park

Jakub Zajic | Dreamstime.com / The freestyle ski jump pool at the Utah Olympic Park.
The Utah Olympic Park houses one of the four sliding tracks in North America, six ski jumps – four of which were added after the Games – and a 2002 Winter Games museum.

The Park was built to host ski jumping, Nordic combined, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge during the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002.

The park is a multi-use facility focused on developing and growing participation in winter sports in Utah and is an official United States Olympic training site. The complex consists of multiple structures for winter sport competition and training, including a bobsleigh and luge track, ski jumps, freeski & snowboard airbag, and a freestyle ski jump pool.

The location serves all ages and all ability levels in core sport programs and is busier in its summer operations than in winter. Average daily visitors in a typical summer day exceed 2,000 users/day in both athletic and public program offerings.

Post 2002, several public activities were added. For example, in 2003, alpine slide and ziplines were added. In 2008 and 2019, 10 acres of terrain, including snowmaking and lighting, were added to the development level training area for freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and alpine ski racing. An additional 30 acres is planned in the coming 2 years. Additional public attractions were added between 2012 and 2018, including 4 adventure courses and a 7-span zipline tour.

The Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool was completely rebuilt in 2015 to feature 7 individual jumps instead of the original 4, including mogul and freeride-specific jumps. Further, a state-of-the-art sloped air bag was added in 2017 for Snowboard & Free ski summer Slopestyle training.

The Park offers activities free of charge, such as visits to the two museums in the Quinney Welcome Centre which are open all year. One museum features the History of Skiing in Utah and the other is the 2002 Olympic & Paralympic Games Museum. In the summer, nature trails are available for hiking and biking. An area featuring a climbing wall and playgrounds is available for small children.

As of 2018, annual visits across the Soldier Hollow Nordic Centre, Utah Olympic Oval and Utah Olympic Park had exceeded 1.4 million since their opening to the public post-Games.

In 2019, the construction of a 72-unit facility, to provide affordable short- and long-term housing for athletes of all development levels as well as coaches and Utah Olympic Legacy staff, was completed in the Utah Olympic Park. The venue is managed by the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and occupies a 400-acre site.

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